app-store

  • The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the “app poverty line” of $500 per app per month. Read More

  • Timberman Is The New Flappy Bird

    Timberman Is The New Flappy Bird

    Gamers looking for a new way to spend time waiting in line or on a commute should go check out Timberman, the latest indie game to take the App Store by storm. According to App Annie data, the game has made its way to the top 5 apps overall in more than 20 countries and is the most-downloaded game in eight countries as of yesterday. Read More

  • The App Store, Six Years Later

    The App Store, Six Years Later

    Happy birthday, iTunes App Store. Apple’s App Store turns six today, and now offers consumers over 1.2 million apps, which have been downloaded 75 billion times, according to the most recent official data shared by the company. But the business can sometimes be tough for app developers, and new numbers out this morning from two different analytics companies help prove this point. Read More

  • Apple Is Taking Action Against Fake Ratings On The App Store

    Apple Is Taking Action Against Fake Ratings On The App Store

    App developers know that having good ratings and reviews means more users will be wiling to download their app. And thanks to ratings’ influence on Apple’s ranking algorithms, it will help their app be better discovered via the App Store’s Top Charts as well. Because of this, some — okay, many — developers manipulate their apps’ positions by posting fake… Read More

  • Apple Delivers Location-Based App Suggestions On Your Lock Screen In iOS 8

    Apple Delivers Location-Based App Suggestions On Your Lock Screen In iOS 8

    Apple has a new feature in iOS 8 that will surface app suggestions on the bottom left screen of your locked iPhone depending on your location, according to developers posting to the MacRumors forums. These include apps already installed on a user’s device, but also suggestions from the App Store that haven’t yet been purchased or downloaded, too. The suggestions show up in the… Read More

  • iTunes App Store Now Has 1.2 Million Apps, Has Seen 75 Billion Downloads To Date

    iTunes App Store Now Has 1.2 Million Apps, Has Seen 75 Billion Downloads To Date

    At Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco this morning, the company announced that the iOS App Store has now reached 1.2 million applications – a staggering number that puts Apple neck-and-neck with competitor Google, which is currently estimated to have roughly 1.2 million. For comparison’s sake, at last year’s WWDC, also in June, Apple… Read More

  • Apple Poaches Amazon A9 Search Exec For Maps And App Store Search Improvements

    Apple Poaches Amazon A9 Search Exec For Maps And App Store Search Improvements

    Apple has hired away a former Vice President of Search Technology from Amazon, according to 9to5Mac. Benoit Dupin’s profile was removed from Amazon A9’s leadership site, and his LinkedIn now lists him as a Director at Apple. The new role is said to be involved in revamping search specifically as it relates to Apple Maps, according to 9to5Mac’s sources. The job change is… Read More

  • Study Finds Download Volume May Impact App Store Search Results

    Study Finds Download Volume May Impact App Store Search Results

    New research released today from mobile app marketer Fiksu examines the impact that download volume has on search results in the iTunes App Store. Today, the App Store has over a million applications available, which means, more than ever, app discovery is being fueled by search as opposed to lists and top charts. Developers now need to know not only how to increase their App Store ranking… Read More

  • iOS App Store Prices To Increase In Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa

    iOS App Store Prices To Increase In Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa

    Apple has sent out an email notifying customers of App Store price changes in certain countries within the next 24 hours. The company said that it will raise retail rates for the following currencies because of foreign exchange rate changes: Australian dollar, Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah, Turkish lira, and South African rand. On the other hand, retail prices for Israeli New Shekels and… Read More

  • How One Scammer Manipulated Apple’s Top Charts To Earn Tens Of Thousands Daily Using A $10 GameSalad Template

    How One Scammer Manipulated Apple’s Top Charts To Earn Tens Of Thousands Daily Using A $10 GameSalad Template

    Something fishy has been going on with Apple’s App Store top charts. No, I’m not talking about “Flappy Bird” (well, maybe that too), but rather how on earth two different developers used a $10 GameSalad template to send their respective apps — one free, and one paid — into the App Store’s top charts. And more importantly, how did that paid app keep… Read More